House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and Attorney General William Barr reached an agreement on Monday, which has resulted in the top Democrat agreeing to table his “plan B” for the attorney general.
The House Judiciary Committee announced that it would “hold the criminal contempt process in abeyance” for Barr after reaching a deal with the Department of Justice to access additional documents in Mueller report.
Had the attorney general and DOJ not turned over the sensitive information that was redacted in Mueller’s report to Congress, Nadler’s “Plan B” was to hold Barr in contempt.
Per Axios, here’s the statement from Nadler:
“I am pleased to announce that the Department of Justice has agreed to begin complying with our committee’s subpoena by opening Robert Mueller’s most important files to us, providing us with key evidence that the Special Counsel used to assess whether the President and others obstructed justice or were engaged in other misconduct. The Department will share the first of these documents with us later today. All members of the Judiciary Committee—Democrats and Republicans alike—will be able to view them. These documents will allow us to perform our constitutional duties and decide how to respond to the allegations laid out against the President by the Special Counsel.”
“Given our conversations with the Department, I will hold the criminal contempt process in abeyance for now. We have agreed to allow the Department time to demonstrate compliance with this agreement. If the Department proceeds in good faith and we are able to obtain everything that we need, then there will be no need to take further steps. If important information is held back, then we will have no choice but to enforce our subpoena in court and consider other remedies. It is critical that Congress is able to obtain the information we need to do our jobs, ensuring no one is above the law and bringing the American public the transparency they deserve.”
Perhaps Nadler is realizing that he’s losing the battle to go after President Donald Trump by weaponizing the Mueller report.
A few weeks ago, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller ruined Nadler’s entire plan to get Trump.
During an interview on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Nadler revealed that Mueller said he will not testify publicly about his Russia report.
Democrats desperately want Mueller to testify in public and in front of the cameras so they can try to disparage Trump.
But Mueller isn’t taking the bait and is refusing to testify in public, which is humiliating for Nadler and Democrats.
Needless to say, Nadler is not happy about this at all.
For the record, roughly 92 percent of the Mueller report has been made available to Congress and the public.
The only information that is redacted pertains to grand jury secrecy, meaning it would literally be against federal law for Barr to make available.
Beyond that, Democrats have been very busy lately ratcheting up crazy, utterly bizarre ideas lately.